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Essay Examples - Theme

Fever 1793 Theme Essay

Kathryn Dawes

on 30 September 2013

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Fever 1793 Theme Essay
…explores a theme over the course of a
…reveals unexpected relationships
between the theme and the character(s).
…gives necessary background information.
…uses examples (or details) to support
main points.
…has a purpose of informing, persuading,
evaluating, or entertaining.
…is clearly organized.
Student Introduction Example #1:

Sometimes all a relationship needs is one, life-changing experience in order to push it in the right direction. In Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, a young protagonist named Mattie must face an epidemic that threatens the very existence of her hometown Philadelphia. Her entire lifestyle, including her family, friends, and business, is turned upside down as she tries to survive until the first frost. Mattie also has a developing relationship with a local painting apprentice named Nathaniel. Their relationship transforms from an immature, awkward crush into a stronger, more mature connection because of the life-changing severity of the fever that forced the two to gain perspective on life.
Student Introduction Example #2:

To be free is to be able to make one’s own decisions that will be beneficial to them. In Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, a girl named Mattie is living in Philadelphia when a yellow fever epidemic hits the city with full force. Suddenly, she must fight for her own survival as her whole life becomes consumed by this plague. As she loses friends, family, and her very way of life, she also gains freedom that eventually turns her into a much more mature young woman. Through the loss of authority in her family and the forced maturing she had to go through in order to survive, Mattie achieves the freedom to make her own decisions and to have a relationship with whomever she desires.
Student Body Example #2:

Since Mother has disappeared and Mattie has become more mature, it is clear that Mattie can make her own decisions and also interact with whoever she wants to. For example, in Fever 1793, when Mattie wants to go to the market when it first reopens, she asks Eliza if she has permission. “I glanced at Eliza. ‘May I go?’ You don’t need my permission,’ Eliza Said. She was right. I could choose for myself” (213). Mattie is so used to taking directions and orders from her authoritative mother that she does not realize she can choose for herself. Once she does realize, though, she goes on to the market and beyond, opening the coffeehouse and making it her own. Moreover, Mattie also can choose who she is in a relationship with. When they finally reunite, Mattie and Nathaniel become inseparable. On page 220 Mattie tells the reader, “Nathaniel and I walked outside together as often as possible.” The couple was never allowed to truly interact because Mother did not approve, but now since Mother is not there, Mattie is able to be herself and have a new, mature relationship with Nathaniel. Through the growth Mattie experienced during the fever and the lack of influential family members, she is able to learn to make her own decisions and have her own relationships.
Student Conclusion Example #1:

Finding a connection with someone else is not an easy thing to do, but if you can make it through the worst of times together, it almost always is a good sign. Mattie and Nathaniel in Fever 1793 are able to survive the horrific yellow fever epidemic, and that is what allows them to have a much stronger relationship. They are not children anymore, and their interaction between one another reflects that. American journalist Emily Kimbrough once said that “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.” If one has someone to help them through the dark times, their relationship will certainly become stronger beyond their wildest dreams.
Student Conclusion Example #2:

Freedom is the very essence of Americans. Mattie, the main protagonist in Fever 1793, attains the new freedoms of being able to make her own choices and deciding who to be in a relationship with. She is able to do this because of the growth she went through during the crisis of the fever epidemic, and because of Mother and Grandfather’s disappearances. The American Revolution, which was right before the time the novel is set in, was based on the idea of freedom. Without freedom, one is not human, and one cannot achieve his or her goals. That is why freedom is the most essential aspect out there, one that truly separates the humans from the beasts.
This captures the reader’s
attention. Make it snazzy
so your reader is interested
in what you have to say!
How long can one person fight change?

Determination is made up of sweat, hard work, and grit.
Tell the reader what stories you will be discussing in a BRIEF description. The description should include title, author, and characters you want to focus on. (DO NOT RETELL THE STORY!)
In Fever 1793 the main character Mattie goes through a life altering experience. Her health, family, and business all suffer due to the yellow epidemic, but she fights through it all and emerges strong.
Tells the reader how you are going to answer the essay question.

States the main idea of your essay.

It is a one sentence answer to the main question of your essay choice.
Mattie’s relationship with Nathaniel matures over the course of the story because the fever makes them realize what is important in life and forces them to grow up.
Your introduction:
Does the hook grab the reader?
Does the hook address your question?
Is your summary focused on your question?
Is your summary brief/short?
Does your thesis address the character(s) and the theme you need to address?
Does your thesis give us a "because"?
Topic Sentence
Quote Sandwiches
Concluding Sentence(s)
Introduce the focus of the paragraph or the first subject you are comparing.

Expand how this example supports what you are trying to prove.
Explain your example by telling us what happened in the story.

Give an example of this from the story.
Conclude the paragraph by telling the reader how the paragraph supports the thesis. Try to go deeper!
Tie the two examples together for the reader.
Your body paragraphs:
Do your topic sentence(s) mention the theme?
Do your topic sentences tell us what you are going to be addressing in the paragraph (how the two quote sandwiches will connect)?
Do you have two quote sandwiches?
Do your EXPANDS tell us how your examples support your topic sentences?
Does your concluding sentence(s) tell the reader how the two sandwiches connect?
Did you try going deeper?
Leave the reader with a strong final impression.

An outside quote that just reinforces the thesis
A text to world connection
Restate the central idea in a new way.
No introducing of new ideas.
If you ask a question, you must answer it.
Leave us with a strong last sentence.
(Clincher Sentence)
Your conclusion paragraph:
Did you readdress your thesis?
Did you add another element that makes your conclusion go deeper (simile, outside quotation... something snazzy)?
If you asked a question, did you answer it too?
Is your last sentence strong (remember - it can be part of your snazzyness)?
Student Body Example #1:

Mattie is initially worried about sounding nervous and childish when interacting with Nathaniel before the fever, but she learns to treasure their time together and to just be herself. For example, in Fever 1793, during Mattie’s first encounter with Nathaniel at the market during the novel, she feels extremely uncomfortable when trying to make conversation. “Good luck with your paints? Did I really just say that? What a ninny” (33). Throughout this whole first conversation, Mattie is unable to be herself and really enjoy being with Nathaniel. She is automatically embarrassed and very shy. On the contrary, later in the book after the fever is over, Mattie and Nathaniel are on one of their daily walks through the city. “We walked slowly. Step, step, stop and talk. His voice had a low sweet note in it like a cello, and his smile lit up every shadow. I stopped worrying about being a ninny” (217). After growing up through the fever and having to survive the crisis, Mattie and Nathaniel are able to develop their relationship and enjoy their time together. Since they were away from each other for so long, they realized how much they missed one another. They are much more mature now, so their relationship is not filled with anxiety and childishness anymore.
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